Assessing the impact of Patagonian Toothfish longline fishing on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems

Closing Date: 17th April 2020

Based in Stanley, Falkland Islands

Role: The Research Fellow will carry out or commission novel research into the taxonomy, genetics, biology, and ecology, and predictive habitat modelling of VME species (in particular sea pens Pennatulacea), using at-sea sampling, archived specimen collections, and digital data. The project will deliver an evidence-based VME Management Strategy for the Falkland Islands Government Fisheries Department and fishing industry that aligns with the fishery's MSC certification needs, as well as peer-reviewed publications

Background: Consolidated Fisheries Ltd (CFL) was awarded MSC certification for the Falkland Islands Patagonian toothfish fishery in 2014. After conducting initial Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) predictive habitat modelling, a clearer understanding of the extent of VME and at-risk species was presented in 2018. However there are significant gaps in empirical evidence for understanding real-world impacts of fishing on the seabed. An assessment of the risk and recovery of VMEs is now required. This industry-funded position is aimed at meeting the sustainability targets of CFL and the Falkland Islands Government. The Fellow will be based in SAERI’s head office in Stanley, Falkland Islands, with opportunities to travel to the UK and further afield. SAERI delivers world class multi-disciplinary research, operating in the South Atlantic down to Antarctica. SAERI can offer a dynamic work environment with opportunities to develop exciting research in what is considered to be a scientific “frontier” region.

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Further information can be obtained from Dr Alastair Baylis, Deputy Director of Science (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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